“We Are All Enlisted”
Megan C. with SALifeline.org
I hope that you will all keep a prayer in your heart for me and also for you as we delve into a subject that is sensitive. I will be bold; do not misunderstand my boldness for insensitivity. It is an effort to, as Harold B. Lee has said, “…comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” I hope this lesson has a little bit of both.
Mary Ellen Smoot has said, “We go to Relief society each week to not only be fed, nurtured, and loved, but also to report for duty.” Today I am here to call you sisters to duty in the Lord’s army. Julie B. Beck at the 2009 BYU Women’s Conference declares, “FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT” for our families against the evils of pornography and sexual addiction. Yes, we are going to talk about that. Anyone uncomfortable yet?
We just sang the song “We are all Enlisted”. It is a battle cry to those who will join in battle in the Lord’s army. “We are all enlisted ‘til the conflict is over. Fight for our Savior, come, come away.” Joseph Smith taught: “When we joined this church we enlisted to serve God. When we did that we left neutral ground and we can never go back on to it.”
What does it mean to be “enlisted”? Some definitions are: to participate actively in a cause or to join, enter into, volunteer or sign up.
Where and why did we “enlist” in this conflict with Satan? Elder James J. Hamula reminds us, “It is written by John the Revelator “and there was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels (us!) fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, “and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. “and the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which decieveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” [Read more...]